Traditionally, cut nails were an important part of the furniture-maker's
toolkit. Used properly, they have impressive holding power.
most modern furniture makers, interlocking wooden joints are
almost always preferred to joints reinforced with a metal fastener
such as a screw or a nail. But it wasn't always that way.
Anyone who has studied antiques knows that fine furniture was
built using lots of nails, and not just for affixing moldings.
Even in joints that were assembled with glue, nails were added
as reinforcement. I've even seen casework where the dovetails
What's important to know is that these antique nails are different
from modern nails in shape, surface texture and how they are
driven into the work. However, you can use these differences
to your advantage to produce joinery that is stronger than
if you had used modern nails.
If you build furniture reproductions or pieces that are inspired
by the past, learning to use this old-style nail will help
you add authentic details to your work and it will make your